These FashionCAN Looks Are Rack Worthy [Top Picks]


Toronto Fashion Week came to a halting crash earlier this year when producers IMG announced it was pulling the plug. Many had speculated that the company might be forced to end the event series due to a lack of sponsorship interest. Over the years the week long Toronto Fashion Week had worn a few different lead sponsor labels such as LG and World MasterCard, but was lacking a lead sponsor for their March 2016 instalment.


As the saying goes though, THE SHOW MUST GO ON and go on it did. In September Yorkdale Mall and CAFA announced #FashionCAN was coming to the shopping centre. The two day event was executed behind the scenes by Toronto based The Collections and Monarch Events Group. It was a runway series similar in theory to Toronto Fashion Week but without the large scale tents failing to stand up to the Canadian elements.


Below you will find my top three picks per category. As a former retailer I look for runway looks that not only highlight the designers talent but which also show retailing potential. I believe these looks could perform just as well on the rack as they did on the runway. As a special bonus I also share my nod of approval on best styling, hint hint, I went with a menswear look…

In Toronto we wear black (as noted in my post by the same name here) and these three numbers feature the unofficial colour of the city, (dare I say of the country) all too well. From simple and chic to frilly and ready to party, women are sure to find the perfect black number from Toronto fashion designers here.

1stGreta Constantine – @gretaconstantine
2ndJennifer Torosian – @jennifertorosian
3rdLucian Matis – @Lucian Matis

Let’s face it, in Canada you can spend all your time choosing the right outfit just for it to go to waste buried under a coat. Our crazy seasons mean women need an extra top coat layer to stay warm. These three make up for the loss of outfit impact and have the power to turn heads and reel in a few compliments all on their own.

1stMikhael Kale – @mikhaelkale
2ndGreta Constantine – @gretaconstantine
3rdMackage –  @houseofmackage

Toronto is known as Hollywood North and is part of the global film and music industry with demanding red carpet events. These three gowns are red carpet ready and are worthy of just about any starlet looking to make her grand entrance to pose in a sea of flashbulbs.

1st – Narces – @_narces
2nd – Christopher Paunil – @christopherpaunil
3rd – web: Stephan Caras. – @stephancaras

The world’s menswear industry is growing as more and more men show an interest in how they dress and present themselves via fashion. From dapper to modern alternative, these three looks are ready to help today’s man make his mark.

1stBustle – @bustleclothing
2ndThe Feral – @theferal_lab
3rdMackage – @houseofmackage

Designers work very hard to create the clothes you see on the runway, but when it comes to the show, stylists help highlight the full potential of each and every garment by mixing, matching and accessorizing. The Bustle show wins my nod of approval on styling this round.


Congratulations to all the designers and everyone involved with the first FashionCAN. The Toronto fashion community and the industry across the globe look forward to seeing how this series evolves.

Photos by Raymond Chow of

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